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New York Television Festival To Spotlight 62 Projects In Pilot Competition

An animated film-noir parody, an adult who returns to the Boy Scouts to earn the merit badges he failed to secure as a kid and a spy comedy set in 1968 are among the 62 projects set to get a spotlight in an annual competition of indie pilots held by the New York Television Festival (NYTYF). The independent television showcase will be held October 20 to 25, 2014 at New York’s Tribeca Cinemas.

The pilots selected for this annual competition represent independent writers, producers and actors from across the U.S. – including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, New Orleans and Denver, as well as ten international selections from the UK and Australia

The creators of the pilots are invited to the Festival as “Official Artists,” a distinction that allows them to compete for development deals being presented by the NYTVF’s TV and digital partners. In 2014, 27 deals are being guaranteed by NYTVF development partners. Previously announced partners include A&E, Channel 4 (UK), Comedy Central, FremantleMedia North America, FOX, FYI, History, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Lionsgate/Sea to Sky, National Geographic Channels, SundanceTV, Travel Chanel/ulive, truTV, and WE tv.

The projects include “NWAR.” an animated detective comedy from Dan Markowitz of New York City; “Man Scout,” billed as a “docu-reality comedy” from
Shawn Bowers and Colin Hogan of Chicago; and “Go, Bolivia, Go!,” created by Logan Leikam and Chris Mast Of Venice, CA.

All development awards are chosen by the network or studio independent of the jury, and will be presented at the NYTVF Awards Show on Saturday, October 25.

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